What is Montessori?

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.”

—Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method is a child-centered approach to education developed by the Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. Known for its emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development, the methodology has proven successful for more than a century in cultures throughout the world.

Curriculum & Enrichment

Wellfleet Montessori Preschool currently offers music, art, peace education, Spanish, cooking, literature, and cultural studies throughout the week in order to provide a broader educational experience for each child.

All of these enrichment subjects are explored in-depth during circle time, as well as during the daily curriculum in integrated ways.


The goal of Montessori education is to encourage independence, love of learning, and a positive sense of self in a prepared environment. Each child is encouraged to function independently at his or her own developmental rate. In this environment, the child is guided through reaching his or her own potential academically, socially, and emotionally, with the freedom to be themselves.



Practical Life activities teach everyday skills for coordination and independence. By practicing such essential actions as spooning, pouring, twisting, squeezing, and sewing, the child can care for the environment, take care of themselves, and practice grace and courtesy.



The Sensorial curriculum guides the child to be an acute observer who appreciates the beauty surrounding them. Step-by-step, the child experiences each of the human senses in isolation, including concepts of size, color, form, touch, taste, weight, temperature, and more.



Building on such language skills as listening, understanding, and basic speech patterns, the child advances to hear and analyze the sounds as well as the meaning of language. A love of literature, good communication skills, and a strong self-esteem are developed by listening, storytelling, reading, and performing dramatic plays.



Children are introduced to math concepts and practical applications by using concrete materials in the environment. Abstract concepts are introduced through sensorial, manipulative experiences, which require the child to order, distinguish, make judgements, and problem solve.



The science area of the classroom is always changing to attract children and enable them to explore nature within the classroom. Through hands-on learning, they explore the four seasons, classifications of plant and animal life, as well as the parts of insects, animals, trees, and flowers.



Children can travel around the world without leaving the classroom in the geography area. Educational globes open ways to learn about land, air, and water, as well as deserts, mountains, forests, and other regions. Then, children investigate a variety of languages, cultures, and traditions in our global community both in class and at school events.



To remain effective, we continuously evaluate and improve the tools and experiences we use to guide children along their own path to exploring the world and forging a personal relationship with learning. Drop us a line—we love to talk about what we’re doing.